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Former Vikings coach Bud Grant died Saturday at the age of 95, prompting a flood of memories and love for the Minnesota legend.
The state of Minnesota mourned Saturday after news of former Vikings head coach Bud Grant passing away at the age of 95.
Grant was a giant on the Minnesota sports scene. He coached the Vikings from 1967 to 1983 and again in 1985. Taking the team to new heights with his tough approach to coaching, he led them to the 1969 NFL Championship. He made it to the Super Bowl four times with the team but never broke through with a win.
“We are absolutely devastated to announce the passing of legendary Minnesota Vikings head coach and Hall of Famer Bud Grant this morning at the age of 95,” the Vikings tweeted the news on Saturday.
Vikings fans, former players and other fans took to Twitter to mourn Grant’s passing and share what he meant to the world of sports.
Vikings fans share memories and love after Bud Grant’s passing
Grant was born in Wisconsin but played for Minnesota in college. He was selected by the Eagles in the first round of the 1950 NFL Draft, but left after a few years to join the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.
His playing days in Winnipeg quickly shifted to coaching, taking over as head coach of the Blue Bombers in 1957. They won four Gray Cups before the Vikings arrived in 1967.
He remained deeply involved in the franchise as a consultant until his passing in 1985 when he retired with a 158–96 record. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994.
Fans on social media remembered his toughness, especially against the cold northern winters. When he was 88, he wore a short-sleeved shirt at midfield for the pregame coin flip when the temperature was minus six degrees outside.
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